International Student Admission

The Graduate School accepts students from other countries who apply and meet United States admission standards.  In addition to the required documents for the degree program, international students must submit:

  • A completed application for Admission to Graduate School and a non-refundable $35.00 application fee
  • Official transcripts and authorized school records with a course-by-course listing of courses and grades received; such transcripts must have been evaluated by a foreign educational credential agency, at the student’s expense.  Recommended agencies:
    - World Education Services:
    - Global Services Associates, Inc.:
    - Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.:
    A complete listing of acceptable agencies can be found on the NACES Website
  • Applicable test scores, such as GMAT, GRE, FE, MAT, etc.
  • Certificates of proficiency in English or minimum score of:
            TOEFL Scores      
             - 525 (Paper Test);
             - 71 Internet Based Test
            IELTS Score
    - 6.0; 
  • Copy of current, valid passport
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient to provide tuition and fees for the academic year (minimum of $28,500 USD) and an affidavit of support
  • Certificate of Immunization verifying:
    - Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) - 2 doses
    - Varicella/Chicken Pox - 2 doses
  • All international students applying for admission who have a student visa shall submit a certificate from a licensed physician or the qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes. Failure to submit such certificate shall result in denial of further enrollment or admission. In the event that the student either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be contingent upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the student’s compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • After admission, copies of Visa, I-94, or Alien Registration card must be submitted to Mark Gunter, Director of International and Multicultural Affairs,before student may enroll
  • International students transferring from another school must complete and submit an International Student Transfer Form to their current school's international advisor before their I-20 record can be transferred
  • It is mandatory that all F-1 students have health insurance upon enrollment for the duration of their studies.  The University's contracted insurance provider information can be found at:

Any non-immigrant student questions should be directed to:
Mark Gunter
Director of International and Multicultural Affairs
Crouch Hall, Suite 106



Test Codes for Tennessee State University:

- GMAT  : 1803
- GRE    : 1803
- MAT    : 1753
- TOEFL : 1803



TOEFL Paper-based score

Internet-based score





6.0 Minimum

Application Deadlines for International Applicants


Applicants Currently Residing Outside the U.S.

Applicants Currently
Residing in the U.S.


April 1

June 1


September 1

October 1


February 1

March 1